Drinking Water Notices

Boil Water

Current Boil Water Notices: Fernleigh and East Coast 

Residents using these water supplies should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for at least 1 minute before use. This includes water for:

  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • Making Ice
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Washing Dishes

Information about how and when to boil water and what to do if you feel unwell. 

  

Please ensure friends or relatives living in these areas know to boil their water.

Living with Boil Water Notices can be frustrating. Council is currently working with Community and Public Health to identify how these supplies can be upgraded and improved to meet national Drinking Water Standards and have the notices removed.  Updates will be provided as soon as possible.

More information about each boil water notice can be found below.

 

East Coast: 

A boil water notice is in place due to inadequate protection and treatment.

The notice was in place before the November 2016 earthquake. Post-earthquake investigations highlighted the limited protection measures.  The notice will remain in place for the foreseeable future until decisions about the future of the scheme are made and any necessary works carried out.

The East Coast scheme is a very large rural supply used predominately for stock. Due to it's size, it would not be practical or efficient to treat the entire scheme. Discussions with the scheme committee and Canterbury DHB  are underway to look at future options including the potential to classify the scheme as a Rural Agricultural Supply.

Once decisions are made, improvement works are undertaken and consecutive complying test results are received the notice will be lifted by agreement with Canterbury DHB.

Fernleigh: 

A boil water notice is in place due to inadequate protection and treatment.

The scheme is managed and operated by Downer. The Fernleigh Water Management Committee (FWMC) is responsible for the maintenance of the water scheme. Council’s role is to monitor water quality through regular testing.

Once the FWMC has decided on the appropriate upgrade options and improvement works are undertaken and consecutive complying test results are received, the notice will be lifted by agreement with Canterbury DHB.

 

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